Products names synonomous with the product type

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    Allen = hex key

    ebay = auction
     
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    actually Xerox = Xerox (like making a Xerox)
     
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    I can't believe Torx & Allen got mentioned but not Phillips!

    Phillips = Phillips head screws/screwdrivers

    Virtually every entry here (including this one) is a product whose dominant manufacturer's tradename for it ultimately became the predominant generic term, or was a new invention/innovation so its brand name was the default generic term, so none quite match what I took the thread's title to suggest: a product tradename that BEGAN as the already established generic term. Except I can't think of any. Heh!

    Oh well -

    How many of you remember Dymo = Labels?

    Or your great-gradfather's Linotype = Type setting machine

    I'll bet Remington was the generic for typewriter for awhile, too.

    Don't forget Winchester = Rifle

    Dynamite = Calibrated safety explosive
     
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    Styrofoam = white, "expanded", polystyrene foam typically used for coffee cups, packing material, insulation, coolers, etc.

    But it's a brand name of Dow Chemical for a variety of polystyrene insulation products made by Dow.
     
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    Zipper = Metal or plastic toothed, serial closure device.

    Popsicle = frozen fruit juice on two sticks

    Kool Aid = sweetened fruit drink made from a powder

    This one's a stretch:

    Moxie (originally had claims to medicinal qualities, as did virtually all
    carbonated, herbal based drinks) = get-up-and-go, verve, stick-to-itiveness,
    backbone.
     
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